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Tips to Keep Moving this Winter


The cold New England air has officially set in! With plummeting wind chills and storm advisories just around the corner, outdoor exercise can quickly become a challenge. To help you keep up with your outdoor exercise, here are some tips to keep you moving during these cold months.

COMMIT TO GETTING OUTSIDE

Cold temperatures and bone-chilling wind can make venturing outside less than enticing. However, there are often days (or pockets of time during the day) when the conditions are mild enough to safely get outside. Plus, feeling the natural sunlight is sure to boost your mood and help you to get Vitamin D—a vital nutrient for bone health!

LAYER UP

Even in wintry weather, the more you move, the more you’ll sweat. Therefore, your base layer should be a fabric that will wick moisture away from your skin. In addition to adding a layer to insulate your body, having multiple layers makes it easy to adjust your attire depending on the conditions.

BE THOUGHTFUL OF YOUR FOOTWEAR

Proper winter footwear for exercising is essential. With wet, slushy roads and icy trails, being extra thoughtful about safety is key. Wool socks, winter spikes, and yak tracks are all vital tools to keep you moving safely and keep you vertical on your feet!

WARM-UP THOSE MUSCLES

During colder weather, it is even more vital that you adequately prepare your body for your run. A few easy warm-up ideas include:

  • Jumping rope in your garage
  • Climbing stairs to get your heart pumping
  • Performing some yoga moves in your living room

Whatever you do, don’t ignore the importance of adequate warm-up to help prevent injuries.

HAVE A BACKUP PLAN

Cross-training activities are important all year long. Winter is the perfect time to mix up your routine to prevent burnout and overuse injuries. Hitting the trails for a hike, giving snowshoeing a try, or digging out your cross-country skis are all ways to keep moving and challenge your body.

DON’T IGNORE PAIN - CONTACT YOUR CHIROPRACTOR

If pain or injury is a barrier to your exercise goals, schedule a visit with your chiropractor. Your chiropractor is your partner in health, and as an expert in movement, will help you identify the root cause of your symptoms. Your care plan will incorporate the best options to help you return to your maximum function and achieve your full exercise potential.

Call any MCR Chiropractic location to schedule an evaluation or complete the form below to request an appointment.


Resources:

https://www.runnersworld.com/training/a20825038/10-tips-to-make-winter-running-less-miserable/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/fitness/art-20045626